For the fifth year in a row, Textile Exchange attended the ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Conference, this time held in Zürich, Switzerland. Lee Tyler and Hanna Denes of the Integrity and Standards TEam were in attendance, along with 328 other attendees (their largest yet). The attendees cover a huge range of commodities and their industries.
Similar to last year, the impacts of standards was very high on the list of discussion as well as the related necessity of data gathering, analysis, and sharing. We spoke with several other standards bodies and organizations that are looking to collaborate on data management, and we look forward to doing so in the coming months. In terms of market penetration and the business case for certification, voluntary sustainability standards are still on the rise with more and more interest from governments as they are seeing how these standards can help them achieve their Sustainable Development Goals.
In a nutshell, ISEAL sets the standard for sustainability standards. As Textile Exchange is the place to meet, share ideas, and learn about textile sustainability, so is ISEAL the place to do the same for voluntary sustainability standards. Textile Exchange has also been following their guidelines on credible standard development and assurance with the development and release of the Organic Content Standard in 2013.